CYCLING: Spalding’s super cyclo-cross start

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The 2013 Cyclo Cross season is now under way for Spalding Cycling Club’s members – and they began with a bang.

The first round of the Lincs League at Ancaster set the standard with a turnout of 25 starters.

Cameron Neilson and Bryn Richards finished second and third overall in the under-12s race, while Molly Peel and Emily Richards both finished in the top 20 and took second and third in the girls race.

The youth race had Jake Norton in ninth overall and third place in the under-14 category, followed in by Tom Webster and William Gurney.

Tilly Gurney finished 20th overall, taking fourth place in the girls’ race. The best-placed under-14 Spalding girl was Megan Kendall, who was ninth in the category and 25th overall, just ahead of Sophie Wright.

In the combined seniors and juniors race, Sam Bentley took fourth junior and finished 36th overall. Best seniors were Adam Ellis, who was the sixth veteran after finishing 12th, and Chris Pratt (47th).

The second round was hosted by Spalding at the Gleed School – and warm sunny conditions drew good fields for all the events. With 27 members of the host club in action, the home course advantage was well used. Three boys finishing in the top five of the under-12s race, with Cameron Neilson (2nd), Bryn Richards (4th) and Tom Webster (5th) all shining.

Molly Peel and Emily Richards repeated the performance from Ancaster, finishing 14th and 16th to seal second and third respectively in the girls’ race.

Finding his feet in his new age category, Jake Norton rode a strong race to grab sixth place overall in the under-14’s youth race. Thomas Webster and William Gurney completed the race in 16th and 19th places. In the girls race Tilly Gurney took 17th place and 2nd girl while Megan Kendall and Sophie Wright matched their finish positions from Ancaster.

The only Spalding member in the junior event, Sam Bentley, raced to a fine fourth place.

The seniors’ race was fast and furious from the start and it was Steve Lampier from Node 4 Giordana who covered the ten laps quickest in 56.08mins to take the win.

Adam Ellis moved up one place on the Ancaster event to finish 11th overall and fifth Vet, followed in by Chris Pratt in a fine 28th place.

• Andrew Gurney and Gary Bentley rode the 42-mile ‘Three Peaks Cyclo Cross’ in Yorkshire recently. Both were blown off their bikes by very high winds and suffered the usual crashes – but despite that finished in creditable times of 5.39hrs and 5.56hrs respectively.